Tactics Ogre: Reborn Has A Silly Profanity Filter

Published: November 14, 2022 11:01 AM /


Tactics Ogre: Reborn screenshot showing the turn-based tactical gameplay and a spell being used to great effect.

Are you enjoying Tactics Ogre: Reborn? If you're a fan of the tactics genre you probably are, but what you might not enjoy is the randomly draconic profanity filter that has been implemented in the game. Chat filters and filters in general aren't a new thing, but Tactics Ogre: Reborn is hilarious in that it's a single-player game, so no one should care what name you use. Despite that, you can't use one of the default names because the filter prevents its use. It's a perfect example of the "but why?" meme. Why has this happened? Your guess is as good as mine.

Basically, the game gives you names based on your birth date, so if you're born between May 2nd and May 25th, you'll get the word 'Flamescale'. If you go "huh, that's a pretty cool name, thanks Tactics Ogre!" you'll receive this gesture of goodwill:


Tactics Ogre: Reborn screenshot showing what a banned word looks like.
Womp womp.

According to a Twitter user, the reason for this is that 'Flamescale' contains the word 'mescal' as in 'mescaline', which is a hallucinogen. Why Square Enix cares about what players name their own characters in a single-player game is beyond me. My personal theory? Square has an excellent stash of hallucinogens of their own that they won't share but are paranoid about their fanbase finding out so instead they banned the word. Like Gandalf, they want to keep it secret and to keep it safe. It's a ridiculous theory, but it's no less ridiculous than banning words in a single-player game.

According to PC Gamer, other banned words include cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, and heroin, but not marijuana. This might seem weird but remember, Square Enix can afford the fancy drugs. Marijuana just doesn't have that 'it' factor that mescaline does. As for whether or not Square will do anything about this, your guess is as good as mine. I guess we'll have to find out after they've apparently taken a puff or two of the good stuff.

Thanks, PC Gamer.

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